Managing Integration for Health and Well-Being MSc/PGDip

Managing Integration for Health and Wellbeing is run jointly between the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), and is intended for practitioners and managers involved in the management and development of partnerships within health and social care agencies.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Taught

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: September 2013

Details

This programme, run jointly between the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV), is intended for practitioners and managers involved in the management and development of partnerships within health and social care agencies.

Collaboration working is seen as a solution to a range of current policy problems. However, there are still few development opportunities for those working across agency boundaries, despite the fact that working collaboratively is often more difficult than working in a single agency setting. Key challenges include overcoming differing legislative frameworks, organisational imperatives, funding streams and professional cultures to improve outcomes for service users and produce more co-ordinated care.

Despite this, much university educational provision remains very departmentally-based and has often failed to respond to the collaborative agenda. That this is the case is deeply to be regretted, as evidence suggests that educational provision which seeks to bring participants from different professional and organisational backgrounds together can help to enhance professional and personal confidence, promote mutual understanding, facilitate more effective communication and encourage reflective practice. 

Programme aims

The programme seeks to respond to the needs of health and social care agencies trying to work in partnership by:

  • Introducing students to contemporary debates with regard to collaborative working in health and social care and developing their ability to analyse and contribute to such debates.
  • Enabling students to develop skills in the critical analysis of policy relating to joint working.
  • Assisting students to develop the analytical ability to relate theories and research findings to their current or future employment experience in health and social care services.
  • Facilitating the development of skills in reflective practice and in the application of research evidence to the practice of management in health and social care.
  • Providing the student with opportunities for shared learning in relation to collaborative working.
  • Promoting understanding of different professional and disciplinary perspectives among professionals contributing to health and social care.

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Why study this course

The Health Services Management Centre is the leading UK organisation providing research, teaching, professional development and consultancy to health and social care agencies. It serves as a bridge between managers and practitioners in health care and the academic world of research and theory, and many of its staff have experience as senior managers in the field. HSMC has gained a unique reputation as a 'critical friend' to the health care community, striving for both relevance and rigour.

Enjoyable challenging theories which will contribute towards my management approach to change".

Modules

The programme consists of four core modules:

  • Partnership working in health and social care
    This module aims to provide students with knowledge about partnership working for service users; organisational barriers to partnership working; governance of partnership working; partnerships and public sector reform and working with the voluntary sector and private agencies.
  • Outcomes, performance and resources
    This core module includes planning and evaluating public sector outcomes; performance management in the public sector; efficiency and value for money; public sector financial management and financial and resource management strategy, systems and policies. 
  • Organisation development in health and social care
    Students will develop concepts and definitions of organisational development; processes of OD diagnosis, intervention and review; contemporary OD frameworks; strengths and limitations of OD frameworks; tools for change and their relevance to health and social care.
  • Strategic commissioning or managing finance
    This module enables students to learn more about the new context for strategic commissioning of public services; concepts and models of commissioning and procurement; the evolving practice of commissioning and procurement and joint commissioning (constraints and resource dependencies). 

For the MSc you select two options from a range of modules offered by HSMC and INLOGOV (or by other departments within the University in consultation with the programme tutors). MSc students complete a 10,000-word dissertation on an agreed topic in the area of partnership working. Diploma participants complete the same programme of modules as their MSc colleagues, but are exempt from the dissertation element.

To aid those travelling from distance, modules tend to be taught in intensive blocks. Modules are assessed by a combination of academic and reflective assignments.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2013-2014 :

MSc:
Home and EU full-time: £8,910
Home and EU part-time: £4,455*
Overseas full-time only: £14,000

Postgraduate Diploma:
Home and EU full-time: £7,560
Home and EU part-time: £3,780*
Overseas full-time only: £14,000

*Fees for the second year are likely to rise with inflation/increases in University fees generally.

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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available; contact Kate Vos, Postgraduate Programmes Manager, tel: +44 (0)121 414 3174, email: c.j.vos@bham.ac.uk. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. More information about international scholarships.

For more information, contact the Student Funding Office.  

Entry requirements

A good first degree or an equivalent professional qualification. Subject to interview (and sometimes to a special test). However, for candidates without a first degree, appropriate career experience may be taken into account.

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – our country pages show you what qualifications we accept. 

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Learning and teaching

Our programmes provide a challenging and inspiring study experience for both existing and aspiring practitioners in health and social care organisations. They equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop both their careers and organisations.

HSMC staff bring their wide knowledge of UK and international health systems (gained through research and consultancy activities, as well as their own professional experience) to their teaching and tutorial support for students.

This emphasis on combining theory and practice is maintained throughout all of our programmes, from the choice of titles for assignments, through the involvement of practitioners and policy makers in teaching activities, to the topics selected for dissertations.

While some students choose to concentrate on theoretical topics, many students carry out empirical studies for their dissertation, often related to their own place of work or area of professional expertise.

Facilities

Postgraduate programmes are taught at Park House which is a short walk from the centre of the University campus and provides a comfortable and well-appointed study environment. Facilities include:

Just a few steps away is the University’s Conference Park, which provides an excellent hotel environment for those wishing to be residential for taught modules.

HSMC students have access to the University’s main library and substantial online journals, databases and other materials via WebCT. A Programme Handbook provides comprehensive advice and information, and a separate handbook is provided for each module.

Participants are assigned an academic tutor to guide them through their studies and bespoke dissertation workshops are held throughout the year. Students are encouraged to engage as much as possible with HSMC staff and to participate in other events such as conferences, seminars and workshops. Part-time participants are encouraged to enlist a work-based mentor to provide assistance with their dissertations and translating their learning back into the workplace.

If you require further information about any of our courses, please telephone 0121 414 3174 or email C.J.Vos@bham.ac.uk.  

Assessment methods

To aid those travelling from distance, modules tend to be taught in intensive blocks. Modules are assessed by a combination of academic and reflective assignments.

Employability

Park HouseThe first programme of its kind in the country, the MSc in Managing Integration for Health and Wellbeing, is a joint programme between two leading national centres of expertise: the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) and the Institute of Local Government Studies (INLOGOV). It is aimed at those who are already working as senior practitioners and middle-level/senior managers.

Particularly want to take more account of issues from a 'users' perspective rather than our perception of what a user may want".

Enjoyable challenging theories which will contribute towards my management approach to change".